Carr And Sobrero Join Rebel Staff
July 3, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - Mark Carr and Cortney Sobrero have been named as women's soccer assistant coaches, UNLV women's soccer first-year head coach Michael Coll announced on Tuesday. The two complete Coll's coaching staff, filling the spots vacated by Paul Karver and Erica Jensen.
Carr brings six years of college coaching experience with him to Las Vegas. Since November of 2010, Carr has served as the Director of Coaching for Burnsville Fire Soccer Club in Burnsville, Minn. Prior to that, he was an assistant coach for the West Virginia University men's soccer program, from 2007-10. While at WVU, Carr helped recruit two classes that were ranked in the top 30 in the nation, including the 2009 class that had a No. 12 national ranking. Carr coached the Mountaineer goalkeepers to post a total of 33 shutouts during his three seasons at West Virginia, while the team would reach the Sweet 16 of the 2007 NCAA Tournament. He moved to West Virginia from Elmira College, where he was the head men's soccer coach from 2004-07 at the New York based school. Elmira had five players named Empire 8 All-Conference under Carr, while the team featured the 2006 Empire 8 Rookie of the Year. During his three-year tenure, four of his players were named NSCAA East Regional Academic All-Americans.
Carr is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, where he was a four-year starter for the Keydets, a team captain and a member of the Southern Conference All-Academic Team. He received his bachelor's of arts degree in history in May of 2003, a master's of science degree in education from Elmira College in June of 2006, and a master's of science degree in athletic coaching education from West Virginia in 2012. He is a member of the NSCAA and holds NSCAA National and Advanced National Coaching Diplomas.
"Mark is a passionate, energetic young coach, who will work tirelessly to ensure the success of UNLV women's soccer," said Coll. "He has built a wealth of knowledge from his experiences at three distinctly different schools, his achievements in helping the goalkeepers at West Virginia lead the nation in goals against average three years in a row will be very beneficial to our young goalkeepers here at UNLV."
Sobrero, a Las Vegas native, was recently on the staff at New Mexico State University through May of 2012. She helped start the program at NMSU and began as a graduate assistant in 2009. After serving as interim head coach for the Aggies during a four-month period in 2011 (Jan.-April), she was promoted to assistant coach in the spring of 2011. The Aggies were 26-25-7 during her three seasons in Las Cruces, and her duties included assisting with every facet of the program, including daily operations, recruiting, travel accommodations, budget, academics and on-field direction. Sobrero also served as coach for the New Mexico State ODP U-14 team (since 2010), and was the freshman girl's soccer coach for Clovis High School in 2005 and 2006.
She played four years at Fresno State (2003-06), where she was a three-time All-WAC forward. She helped the Bulldogs win two league titles, and make one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005. Sobrero ranks in the top 10 at Fresno State for career points (60), career goals (25) and career assists (10). Professionally, Sobrero played for the Boston Breakers of the Women's Professional Soccer in 2009 and Fylkir of the Icelandic Premier League in the summer of 2008. She received her bachelor's of science degree in criminal justice from Fresno State in June of 2007, and her master's degree in criminal justice from New Mexico State in May of 2011. She holds a USSF National 'B' and 'C' license.
"Cortney was a top class player in her own right and the players will enjoy working with her, She's a Las Vegas native and knows how much this team means to the community " said Coll. "Her experience coaching a new program at New Mexico State, as well as at ODP level will be valuable to us. Our players can learn much from her professional experience both here and overseas. She is personable and will fit in well with the team right away."